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The Ghetto Fighters' House Mourns the Passing of William Ungar

William and Jerry Ungar at the inauguration of Yad Layeled, May 11, 1995
William and Jerry Ungar at the inauguration of Yad Layeled, May 11, 1995

William Ungar, longtime friend of the Ghetto Fighters' House, passed on September 19, 2013. Ungar, a philanthropist and community leader, was the founder of National Envelope Corporation and dedicated his life and work to Holocaust remembrance.  A Holocaust survivor, Ungar was a founder of Yad LaYeled Children's Memorial Museum and the Ungar School of Holocaust Studies, both located at the Ghetto Fighters' House, Israel.   Ungar and his wife, Jerry z"l, were the Friends of the Ghetto Fighters' House 2006 Honorary Korczak Award recipients.  He was also a founder of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.


His memoir, Destined to Live was published in 2000 by the University Press of America and tells the story of Ungar's life before, during and after the Holocaust.  His second book, Only in America (Katav Publishing, 2006) takes up Ungar's lifestory from the moment he arrived in New York with the first group of survivors to be granted refuge in the United States. In 1996, Ungar was the first Holocaust survivor to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year in Consumer Product Manufacturing.

 

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